A key priority of the Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force is advancing legislation to help combat the problem of prescription drug misuse and diversion at all levels of government.
State Senator Ron Grooms, R- Jeffersonville, and State Representative Steve Davisson, R- Salem, members of the Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force, helped author and sponsor key legislation that will help in the fight against prescription drug abuse.
Senate Enrolled Act 246 makes important changes regarding clinics that prescribe, dispense or administer controlled substances. It requires clinic owners to hold an Indiana Controlled Substance Registration (CSR). Clinic owners have a responsibility for overseeing the operations in the clinic and ensuring that practitioners prescribe in a way that complies with the law. The law also allows the Attorney General’s office to move more quickly in taking enforcement action against practitioners who overprescribe and obtain records for an investigation.
House Enrolled Act 1465 improves the effectiveness of the Indiana Scheduled Prescription Electronic Collecting & Tracking program (INSPECT), the state’s prescription drug monitoring program. INSPECT maintains a database of controlled substances dispensed by pharmacies, and physician can access the program to verify they are not overprescribing to an addicted patient who might be drug-seeking. This law allows prescribing physicians to electronically transmit prescriptions and creates an interim study committee that will make recommendations for future enhancements to INSPECT.
"I am very proud of these two pieces of legislation. They will each assist in thwarting the prescription drug abuse problems facing Indiana and will hopefully prevent prescription pain misuses before they start.”
-State Representative Steve Davisson, R- Salem
“I want to thank Attorney General Zoeller and my colleagues in the legislature for their help and support in passing this important initiative to prevent prescription drug abuse in our state.”
-State Senator Ron Grooms, R- Jeffersonville
This summer, legislative study committees are examining issues concerning additional enhancements to the INSPECT program, the use of methadone and opioids in treatment programs and clinic settings, and issues concerning treatment and recovery from prescription drug use addiction, including neonatal abstinence syndrome.
Committees also continue to assess educational opportunities and policies to reduce the devastating impact prescription drug abuse has on Hoosier families and communities.